Codes of Conduct
It is the policy of ACEing Autism to promote a cooperative play and sports environment in which there exists mutual respect for all athletes, coaches, volunteers, and parents/guardians, who should be treated with dignity and decency. The environment of the organization should be characterized by mutual trust and the absence of intimidation, oppression, or exploitation. Sexual harassment is inconsistent with this objective and contrary to ACEing Autism’s policy and equal opportunity to work and to participate in sports without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, sex stereotyping (including assumptions about a person’s appearance or behavior, gender roles, gender expression, or gender identity), gender, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship, religion, race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, or any other personal status. Sexual harassment is illegal under Federal and State laws, and will not be tolerated within ACEing Autism. Through enforcement of this policy and by education of employees, ACEing Autism will seek to prevent and address behavior that violates this policy.
All employees, regardless of their positions, are covered by and are expected to comply with this policy and to take appropriate measures to ensure that prohibited conduct does not occur. Appropriate action will be taken against any employee, volunteer, or parent who violates this policy. Based on the seriousness of the offense, action may include verbal or written reprimand, suspension, or termination of employment, membership or participation within the organization.
It is a violation of ACEing Autism policy for any employee or member of ACEing Autism to engage in harassment or to retaliate against any individual for raising an allegation of harassment or for filing a complaint alleging harassment. ACEing Autism, in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local anti-discrimination and harassment laws and regulations, enforces this policy in accordance with the following definitions and guidelines:
Sexual harassment can be requests for sexual favors or unwelcome sexual behavior that is bad enough or happens often enough to make you feel uncomfortable, scared or confused and that interferes with your ability to work or to participate in ACEing Autism’s program.
Examples of sexual harassment include but are not limited to the following:
Sexual harassment can be verbal (comments about your body, spreading sexual rumors, sexual remarks or accusations, dirty jokes or stories), physical (grabbing, rubbing, flashing or mooning, touching, pinching in a sexual way, sexual assault) or visual (display of naked pictures or sex-related objects, obscene gestures). Sexual harassment can happen to girls and boys. Sexual harassers can be fellow volunteers, Program Directors, parents, coaches, or other participants, members or employees of ACEing Autism.
It is a violation of ACEing Autism’s policy to discriminate on the basis of, in whole or in part, the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), sex stereotyping (including assumptions about a person’s appearance or behavior, gender roles, gender expression, or gender identity), gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, ancestry, medical condition, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status.
ACEing Autism prohibits harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment as outlined above, and will take appropriate and immediate action in response to complaints or knowledge of violations of this policy. For purposes of this policy, harassment is any verbal or physical conduct designed to threaten, intimidate, or coerce any person working for or on behalf of ACEing Autism.
The following examples of harassment are intended to be guidelines and are not exclusive when determining whether there has been a violation of this policy:
- Verbal harassment includes comments that are offensive or unwelcome regarding a person’s national origin, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, body, disability or appearance, including epithets, slurs and negative stereotyping.
- Nonverbal harassment includes distribution, display or discussion of any written or graphic material that ridicules, denigrates, insults, belittles or shows hostility, aversion or disrespect toward an individual or group because of an individual’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), sex stereotyping (including assumptions about a person’s appearance or behavior, gender roles, gender expression, or gender identity), gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, ancestry, medical condition, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status.
No hardship, loss, benefit or penalty may be imposed on an employee or a volunteer in response to:
- Filing or responding to a bona fide complaint of discrimination or harassment.
- Appearing as a witness in the investigation of a complaint.
- Serving as an investigator of a complaint.
Lodging a bona fide complaint will in no way be used against the an employee or a volunteer or have an adverse impact on the participation in the program.
In investigating and in imposing any corrective action, ACEing Autism will attempt to preserve confidentiality to the extent that the needs of the situation permit.
ACEing Autism has established the following procedure for lodging a complaint of harassment, discrimination or retaliation. ACEing Autism will treat all aspects of the procedure confidentially to the extent reasonably possible.
- Complaints should be submitted as soon as possible after an incident has occurred, preferably in writing to the Director of Program Operations.
- Upon receiving a complaint or being advised by a supervisor or manager that violation of this policy may be occurring, the Director of Program Operations will notify senior management.
- The Director of Program Operations or other senior management will initiate an investigation to determine whether there is a reasonable basis for believing that the alleged violation of this policy occurred.
- If it is determined that a violation of this policy has occurred, the Director of Program Operations or other senior management will meet with the complainant and the respondent separately and notify them of the findings of the investigation.
ACEing Autism Contact Persons:
A person wishing to file a complaint may do so by contacting any of the following: Director of Program Operations: Richard Spurling (617) 901-7153; firstname.lastname@example.org. At ACEing Autism Events or Programs: the Program Director.
ACEing Autism defines bullying as persistent, malicious, unwelcome, severe, and pervasive conduct that harms, intimidates, offends, degrades, or humiliates anyone affiliated with ACEing Autism, whether verbal, physical, or otherwise. ACEing Autism encourages all employees, volunteers, parents, and participants to report any instance of bullying behavior. Any reports of this type will be treated seriously, investigated promptly and impartially, and remedied if the conduct is found to have violated this policy. ACEing Autism further encourages all employees, volunteers, and parents to formally report any concerns of assault, battery, or other bullying behavior of a criminal nature to the local Police Department. ACEing Autism requires any Program Director, volunteer, and parent who witnesses any bullying, irrespective of reporting relationship, to immediately report this conduct to the Executive Director, Richard Spurling, at (617) 901-7153 or email@example.com.
ACEing Autism will:
- recognize its duty of care and responsibility to maintain a safe environment for all participants and volunteers;
- promote and implement this anti-bullying policy in addition to our safeguarding policy and procedures;
- seek to ensure that bullying behavior is not accepted or condoned;
- take action to investigate and respond to any alleged incidents of bullying;
- and ensure that coaches are given access to information, guidance and/or training on bullying.
Each parent, coach, and volunteer will:
- respect every child’s need for, and rights to, a play environment where safety, security, praise, recognition, and opportunity for taking responsibility are available;
- respect the feelings and views of others;
- recognize that everyone is important and that our differences make each of us special and should be valued;
- show appreciation of others by acknowledging individual qualities, contributions, and progress;
- be committed to the early identification of bullying, and prompt and collective action to prevent it;
- ensure safety by having rules and practices carefully explained and displayed for all to see; and
- report incidents of bullying they see.
- All forms of bullying are prohibited and will be addressed with appropriate action.
- Everybody involved in ACEing Autism has a responsibility to work together to stop bullying.
- Bullying can include online as well as offline behavior.
- Bullying can include:
- physical pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching etc.;
- staring, glaring, or other nonverbal demonstrations of hostility;
- invasion of another person’s personal space;
- name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumors, persistent teasing and emotional torment through ridicule, humiliation, or the continual ignoring of individuals;
- posting of derogatory or abusive comments, videos, or images on social network sites;
- racial taunts, graffiti, gestures, sectarianism;
- sexual comments, suggestions, or behavior;
- unwanted physical contact.
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ACEing Autism’s Coach, Volunteer, & Parent Code of Conduct
The purpose of ACEing Autism’s tennis program is to engage and connect people on the autism spectrum through tennis. Our volunteers and program directors should aim to create a rewarding relationship between themselves and the participants by donating their time, kindness, and enthusiasm each weekend. The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to provide overall guidance and direction to the volunteers and program directors. ACEing Autism reserves the right to change the Code of Conduct at any time and to expect adherence to the changed policy.
The Coach & Volunteer:
When participating in ACEing Autism’s program:
- I must respect the rights, dignity, and worth of each person and treat and will be respectful and inclusive in my language and interactions with participants (for example, using “people first” language).
- I will recognize and celebrate the diversity of character and abilities of all people.
- I will conduct myself ethically, obey all laws, and act in good faith at all times.
- I will not harass, threaten, embarrass, or insult others.
- I will not say or do anything that is harmful, abusive, racially or ethnically offensive, vulgar, or sexually explicit.
- I will respect the participants’ rights to not be touched in ways that make them feel uncomfortable, and their right to say no.
- I will not step onto the court to volunteer if I am under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- I must place the emotional and physical wellbeing and safety of each participant above all other considerations, including the development of the performance
- I will speak up and inform my Program Director or the ACEing Autism staff if I see or suspect child abuse by a fellow volunteer, any program director, or parent.
- I will not misuse or disclose confidential participant information and will respect the privacy of our participants.
- I will respect the decisions and requests made by the ACEing Autism Program Directors and/or staff members.
- I understand that if I am at or above the age of 18, I am required to complete a background check before stepping on the court.
- I should, at the outset, clarify with the participant, parents, and volunteers what is expected of them and what they are entitled to expect from their coach and the curriculum.
- I must consistently lead by example by displaying high standards of behavior and use positive techniques of guidance, including redirection, positive reinforcement, and encouragement rather than competition, comparison, criticism, and anger.
- I will not tolerate inappropriate language, racquet, and/or ball abuse.
- I will be knowledgeable of the ACEing Autism curriculum and the rules of the sport so that I can teach these rules to the participant.
- I will act as a positive role model for the participants and other volunteers by promoting good sportsmanship and fostering the development of social skills and positivity on the court.
- I understand that by volunteering, the commitment includes attendance for at least half of the clinics in the session.
- If I am unable to attend a clinic, I will make an effort to provide at least 24 hours of notice to inform my Program Director of the absence.
- I understand that I am expected to wear my ACEing Autism volunteer shirt and appropriate athletic clothing to all of the sessions. If I do not have a shirt, I will request one from my Program Director.
The Parent / Guardian:
When participating in ACEing Autism’s program:
- I will support my child and aid the developmental process both on and off the court.
- I will allow the coach and volunteers to run the program free from external pressures or influences.
- I will behave in a manner that sets a positive example for others.
- It is my responsibility as the parent/guardian of my child to notify the Program Director and volunteers of any relevant changes to circumstances. This includes: relevant medical information (including injuries) and photo consent.
- I will ensure that all appropriate fees are paid.
- I will ensure that my child is wearing their ACEing Autism shirt to the sessions and is dressed in appropriate athletic clothing.
Most Americans will experience a disability some time during the course of their lives, and about 50 million Americans report having a disability. Disabilities can affect people in different ways, even when one person has the same type of disability as another person.
People First Language
Positive language empowers. People first language is used to speak appropriately and respectfully about an individual with a disability. People first language emphasizes the person first, not the disability. For example, when referring to a person with a disability, refer to the person first by using phrases such as: “a person who …”, “a person with …” or, “person who has…” Here are suggestions on how to communicate with and about people with disabilities.
People First Language
Language to Avoid
Person with a disability
The disabled, handicapped
Person without a disability
Normal person, healthy person
Person with an intellectual, cognitive, developmental disability
Retarded, slow, simple, moronic, defective or retarded, afflicted, special person
Person with an emotional or behavioral disability, person with a mental health or a psychiatric disability
Insane, crazy, psycho, maniac, nuts
Person who has a communication disorder, is unable to speak, or uses a device to speak
Person who uses a wheelchair
Confined or restricted to a wheelchair, wheelchair bound
Person with a physical disability
Crippled, lame, deformed, invalid, spastic
Person with epilepsy or seizure disorder
Person who is successful, productive
Has overcome his/her disability, is courageous